June 14, 2017 Bloomberg confirmed last week that the new Basic Economy fares have been hugely profitable and this new fare class is worth at least $1 billion in additional revenue. Notably, this ‘lowest’ fare offering – which slashes services for the old price while raising the Economy fare – tends to raise your overall cost, because you… Read More


When Pigs Fly What a week it was! The Thanksgiving holiday was a zoo for air travelers. Whether you pigged out or were flying with pigs, it was a beastly scene in the skies. Cattle Class 2.0 One of the top emailed stories of the New York Times over the weekend was a piece by… Read More


Holiday Crush Nov. 25, 2014 If you’re traveling this week – good luck! By the numbers Busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving season, ranked by projected passengers on U.S. airlines:   Nov. 24: 1.88 million. Nov. 25: 2.18 million. Nov. 26: 2.27 million. Nov. 27: 1.36 million. Nov. 28: 1.63 million. Nov. 29: 2.23 million. Nov. 30: 2.61 million. Dec. 1: 2.41 million.… Read More


Declining Expectations Nov. 18, 2014 November marks the one year anniversary of the American Airlines and US Airways merger.Let’s take a look back at all the assurances and promises about ‘synergies’, and see if the merger was indeed “fantastic for the traveling public,” as gushed US Airways CEO, Doug Parker a year ago. Promise No. 1: “Travelers will benefit… Read More


Stand Up, Before You Sit Down Your Rights A to Z Nov. 11, 2014 Air travel is more stressful than ever. There are more cancellations, tarmac delays, and passenger horror stories than ever. Photo: Juliette Borda An airline passenger’s worst nightmare is hearing the announcement, “Your flight has been canceled”, or “Your luggage will not… Read More


Better Late Than Never  Nov. 4, 2014 Jetting to Europe and worried about delays? A screen displays delayed flights at Gatwick Airport Unlike in the U.S., airlines in Europe are now required by law to pay passengers in cash for prolonged flight delays.   Last Friday’s ruling by the European Court of Justice that flights… Read More


    Stocking Stuffers Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Delta Airlines was one of the first to hike fares last week, despite falling fuel prices.  Alberto Riva The major airlines in the U.S. reported their earnings last week, and they are staggering. If you thought lower fuel prices would lead to lower airfares, think again. What Goes Up,… Read More


         F Minus                                Tuesday, October 21, 2014 What could be worse than economy class? “Economy Minus”!  A U.S. legacy airline is shopping around the idea of an “economy minus” cabin in a move to a new four-tier cabin… Read More


   Ebola:        The Plane Facts          Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Nervous.  Newark Airport, Oct. 4, 201   That’s where many of us find ourselves.    Whether we’re boarding a plane or simply traveling through an airport. We are a nation that feels a bit on edge.   Ebola was… Read More